2002 Saturn SL1 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 115000 miles
For the past year I've had intermittent starting problems with my car. It starts just fine when its cold out or hasn't been driven for a while but, once the engine is warm, if I have to make multiple stops in a short period of time (running errands after work), the car will not start. If I let the car sit for 20-30 min. The car will then start. This happens more often in the summer than winter. When the car doesn't start, the lights on the dash will still come on but nothing cranks or it will crank but once I let go of the key the car will stop unless I keep my foot on the gas pedal.
The other issue that I think is related is that every 3-4 months I have to replace my ignition key because it's worn down. When I take the key out of the ignition, the key is super hot. I'm thinking there must be something wrong electrically that's heating up the ignition area
I've taken it to 4 garages already. The car actually died when the last mechanic looked at it and he told me that the fuel filter was completely clogged and that there was something wrong with the fuel filter. So, I had those replaced. That was a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday, when I drove home, parked the car for about 2 hours and came back out, the car didn't start again.
Today I took it to the Saturn dealer one more time. I really can't afford replacing things when they don't need to be. Well, the car died and they told me it was the starter.
I'm just having a hard time believing this. Would a problem with the starter cause the ignition key to be wearing down? Could it cause a heat build up of some kind?
I'm hoping someone knowledgable can help me. I truly believe that when some people see a woman coming, it's like a blank check.
Thank you for ANY help you can provide.
have the same problem?
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 AT 3:43 PM